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During the current lockdown, Boris Johnson placed a ban on all non-essential travel. However, with the lockdown restrictions set to ease on December 2, many Britons may be hoping to jet off abroad, whether for holidays, to visit family or for essential reasons.
Here are the latest updates from TUI, Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 on their post-lockdown flights.
TUI is currently not operating any flights out of England and Wales.
It is, however, flying to the Canary Islands from Scotland as part of their quarantine-free holiday promise.
Britons currently do not need to self-isolate of their return back in the UK from the Canary Islands.
However, with new restrictions in place in Scotland, more flights may be cancelled in the coming weeks.
A statement on the TUI website reads: “We’re aware of the new Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions recently announced for Scotland which will be imposed from 20th November until 11th December.
“Customers will be contacted directly about flight cancellations and changes to our flight schedule from Scottish airports.”
Though the future of travel remains uncertain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is anticipated to outline plans for once the current lockdown restrictions end on December 2.
TUI is likely to update its flight schedule once plans have been unveiled.
In a statement on its website, TUI explains: “Due to the lockdown restrictions in place, we’re not operating any holidays from England, Wales or Northern Ireland from 00:01 on November 5 up to and including December 1.
“If your holiday is affected, we’ll be in touch.”
Once they are given the green-light, TUI plans to open up more holidays to the following destinations:
- Cape Verde
- Portugal (Madeira)
- Saint Lucia
- Spain (Mainland and Balearic Islands)
- United Arab Emirates
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Jet2 is currently not operating any flights amid the ongoing lockdown restrictions.
A statement on its website reads: “We’re currently operating a reduced flying programme, so a number of flights are no longer going ahead.
“We’re proactively contacting all affected customers in departure date order, which we think is the fairest way – please be patient with us as we do this.”
However, the airline has set out preliminary restart dates for specific destinations.
Holidaymakers may face entry restrictions for some countries, so it is important to check the specific requirements of each nation if you are true to travel.
The full list of initial restart dates set out on Jet2’s website are as follows:
- Tenerife – December 3Lanzarote – December 3
- Fuerteventura – December 3Gran Canaria – December 3
- Antalya – December 3
- Venice – February 11
- Alicante – February 11
- Barcelona – February 11
- Malaga – February 11
- Palma – February 11
- Faro – February 11
- Malta – February 14
The airline has begun to sell holidays for 2021, but bosses admit they are proceeding with caution after a turbulent year.
Jet2 chairman Philip Meeson said: “Whilst the recent positive news about a potential vaccine was welcome, we continue our cautious approach to summer 2021.”
Ryanair has continued to operate some flights throughout the lockdown, particularly for those who need to travel or “essential” reasons.
However, this has been at a reduced capacity, with operations down to just 40 percent of its usual schedule as of October.
Airline bosses have revealed, however, that more flights will be launched from December 17 to help with an anticipated influx of Christmas travellers.
Ryanair will be operating 24 extra flights from France, Greece Portugal, Italy, Romania, Spain, Belgium and the UK.
Additional flights from the UK include London Stansted to Athens, London Stansted to Bucharest, London Stansted to Budapest, London Stansted to Malaga, London Stansted to Seville, Manchester to Fuerteventura, and Manchester to Lanzarote.
Holidaymakers are warned, however, that quarantine rules and entry requirements are in place for some locations.
Travellers should be sure to check the latest advice for their destination.
Customers unable to travel as a result of restrictions currently are not eligible for a refund unless their flight in cancelled by Ryanair, however, the airline is offering free date changes.
Speaking previously on BBC Breakfast, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said: “If the flights are operating there won’t be any refunds, although they will be able to avail of our change policy.
“We allow people to change their flight timings to flights on later dates if necessary. But if the flight is operating there won’t be any refunds.”
easyJet has been running a hugely reduced schedule during the current lockdown due to a drastic drop in passenger traffic.
However, the airline has hoped to restart its usual operations in December should the travel ban be lifted.
An easyJet spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Following the lockdown restrictions put in place by the UK government between November 5 and December 2, we will not be able to operate many of our flights to and from the UK during this period.
“The airline has been running some flights which it deems necessary – particularly on domestic routes.
“We are operating a reduced schedule in order to maintain connectivity between key cities in the UK alongside a small number of international routes,” the spokesperson explained.
“This will include maintaining domestic services connecting London, Scotland, Belfast, Birmingham and the Northwest.
“We plan to resume our planned flying schedule in early December.
“Customers who are unable to travel are being offered the opportunity to change their flight dates free of charge or apply for a full cash refund.
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